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Hymnodia: Breathing a Fresh Breath for Hymns

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As a music lover, I tend to have the craziest taste in music, I mean how many people would listen to classical music and still love Juju, Highlife and Apala, Agidigbo, Ogene, Highlife, Afrobeat, Jazz, to name a few.
As a forty something year old I enjoy listening to Rap, Trap, R&B and boy do I love to dance.

But what as all of these got to do with Hymnodia?

And by the way what is Hymnodia?

I’ll attempt to answer you in a bit.

So I grew up, as An Anglican Kid in Surulere, my father’s elder brother was an Anglican Priest (God bless his soul) my family is predominantly Anglican and Hymns were an integral part of Worship.

Hardly would you walk in to an Anglican, Methodist, Baptist or Catholic Church without finding hymnals in the pews.

Morning devotions in Primary and Secondary schools were not complete without our Blue SOP (Songs of Praise), I remember several trips to “Baba-Odu Bookshop” On Adelabu Street Surulere to replace a “missing/stolen” copy.

So Hymns formed a beautiful part of my childhood, My Mum Still sings her favourite hymn without referring to an Hymn book till date.

Through the years i have noticed how Gospel artist have borrowed from “ancient” hymns, and how more modern forms of worship have become the norm.

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Trust me, I love me some contemporary Gospel music, from the local to the foreign artistes.

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Philosoville Announces Entries for Hymnodia Season 2

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Organisers of the first Triple E Reality TV show created around hymns and worship, Hymnodia, have announced the commencement of entries for its second edition.

In a press statement released over the weekend to announce the start of the 2020 edition, Managing Director of Philosoville and initiator of Hymnodia, Kufre Ekanem, said entries opened at noon on January 1 and will close midnight January 23, 2020.

According to the statement, the entry protocol has been simplified into two easy steps but the process remains essentially the same.

Applicants are required to post a 60-second video rendering a hymn on their social media platform (specifically Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) with the hashtag #hymnodia2020.

Thereafter, the applicants are to visit the website www.hymnodiahq.org to complete the short online application form. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to a physical audition in Lagos.

The 14 successful hymntestants will enter the Hymnstitute for Hymnodia Season 2 where they stand a chance to win the ASAPH, a brand-new car and N5 million.

It would be recalled that Hymnodia season 1 was won by Kenneth Ekhuemelo, a 25-year old bassofundo and organist.

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Nigeria’s First-ever Prom Concert “Afroprom” – Teni, Banky W Set to Ignite show

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Popular Musician Banky W alongside trending singer Teni, and Mavin’s New Signee Rema are set to thrill graduating secondary school students at the first ever prom concert in Nigeria tagged “AfroProm” holding at Eko Hotel, Convention Centre, Lagos on July 14, 2019.

The event is put together to give Nigerian students an opportunity to experience prom, while celebrating, networking, and partying with a host of Nigeria’s top-rated celebrities.

Speaking on Afroprom, lead project manager at J. Vanni Global, Mobola Abiru said:

“We created Afroprom, Nigeria’s first-ever prom concert for high school graduates between the ages of 14-18 with an eye on getting these teens to celebrate a remarkable achievement at a crucial stage of their lives. Prom is not new to them, they see it happen everywhere else but not in Nigeria. This spurred us to create an avenue that will welcome them into adult life.”

According to the organizers, renowned mediapreneur Debola Williams, and superstar musician and politician, Banky W will be in attendance to inspire and educate the students on “next steps after school” by sharing authentic stories of their own meteoric rise to the top.

Guests will be treated to breathtaking performances fit for the occasion by Teni, Rema, Donflex & the Extigate team, Dream Catchers; while Ushbebe, Ikorodu Bois and other comedians are expected to thrill the guest as well. Other side attractions include a rare five-course meal and a shot at the highly coveted Afroprom King & Queen crowns.

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The event will be hosted by ace OAP Jimmy, and guests stand a chance to walk away with enticing gifts such as an iPhone XR, PlayStation 4, and lots more.

Tickets are sold for 20,000 and can be purchased on events.nairabox.com. For table reservations and enquiries, please call 09016128355 and 08087214559 or visit www.afroprom.com for more details.

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Ariya Repete Bounced Back as Regional Auditions Commences in Lagos

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South-West Nigeria is set to roll! Bang the drums, echo the vocals and sound the heavy percussions as Ariya Repete — Nigeria’s leading indigenous talent hunt show hits major cities across the region.

From the hills of Abeokuta and Ondo to the falls in Osun and down to the seas of Lagos, Ariya Repete 2019 edition is ready to showcase the best talents in Juju, Fuji and Yoruba hip-hop.

The music talent hunt show powered by Goldberg Lager is known for celebrating and preserving indigenous sounds. It has over the years produced remarkable talents that have flourished in genres that are rooted in south-western culture.

This year, the competition goes into its seventh edition and is upping the ante by introducing an all-new Yoruba Hip-Hop category.

The competition will journey across eight locations with auditions and selection parties holding from the 12th of June to the 5th of July. Abule Egba, Ota, Egbeda, Abeokuta, Akure, Ibadan, Osogbo and Ilorin will play hosts to hundreds of hopefuls who will compete for honours in this year’s edition.

Lagos will be the first city to host the regionals as Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba Hip-Hop talents will be auditioned at Stalad Gardens, Agege and Havana Hotels in Egbeda on the 12th of June. The selected talents will then slug it out for a place in the quarter-final concert, when they compete in the regional selection party on Friday, 14th of June.

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Guests at the Selection parties will be thrilled with entertaining performances from the contestants, as well as guest artists and past winners.

Successful contestants from the regional auditions will proceed for mentorship at the Ariya academy, where they will be under the tutelage of veterans in the Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba hip-hop scene.

The competition will then continue on the 26th of July with the Quarterfinal in Akure, while the Semi-final and the grand finale will take place in Lagos and Ibadan on the second (2nd) and ninth (9th) of August respectively. Guests should expect thrilling performances by the contestants that make it through the rigorous selection, guest artists and industry greats.

The winners in each category (Juju, Fuji, & Yoruba hip-hop) will be awarded the star prize of 4 million Naira each. Speaking on this year’s edition, Brand Manager, Goldberg, Olufunmilayo Ogunbodede had this to say “Over the years, Ariya Repete has been a special platform that showcases and celebrates the very best musical talents in South-Western Nigeria and this year’s edition promises to up the ante. As a leading beer brand, we are committed to delighting our consumers with initiatives such as these.

This year, with Ariya Repete we want to celebrate this blend of both worlds. We believe that the 2019 edition of Ariya Repete will be the best ever, the reason we are taking the experience to TV, to show all of Africa that Goldberg Lager believes and celebrates the amazing indigenous talents from South Western Nigeria.”

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This edition of Ariya Repete will be televised across Africa as the show progresses from the auditions to the grand finale in Ibadan. Ariya Repete is powered by Goldberg Lager, a premier quality lager beer brewed with only the finest ingredients by the master brewer.

After the Lagos region, six other regions will host auditions over the course of 3 weeks.

Ota & Abeokuta — 19th of June

Ibadan & Akure –26th of June

Oshogbo & Ilorin — 3rd of July

For more information, visit Goldberg social media pages @goldberg_ng on Instagram and @goldberglagerng on Twitter.

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